Following the rescheduling of the Olympic Games as a result of the the global Covid-19 pandemic, the FEI has announced the cancellation of the European Eventing Championships in 2021.
The FEI European Eventing Championships 2021 were scheduled to take place from 11-15 August at Haras du Pin in France. With the new dates for the Tokyo Olympic Games of 23 July to 8 August 2021, the proximity of the Championships to the Games has meant that it is no longer feasible to run.
“Together with the Organising Committees as well as the National Federations, we have examined every possible option to try and save the Championships in 2021”, FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez said, “but we have reached the regrettable decision that it simply is not possible to have these important events so close to the Olympic and Paralympic Games next year. While there are some nations that have enough horsepower to send strong teams to the Olympic and Paralympic Games and also to the European Championships across the four disciplines, we have to offer a level playing field to all eligible countries and we simply cannot do that in this case, so we have agreed that the focus should be on Tokyo next year.“
The FEI Secretary General has overall responsibility for the FEI Calendar and is currently chairing the eight discipline-specific Task Forces that have been set up to seek ways of mitigating the effect of the current Covid-19 pandemic on the FEI Calendar, including the knock-on effects into 2021.
Valérie Moulin, President of the Ustica Organising Committee at Haras du Pin, expressed her disappointment saying: “We are very disappointed that the rescheduling of Tokyo 2020 has led to the cancellation of the Championships in Haras du Pin, but unfortunately we were unable to find alternative dates outside August 2021. We had gathered a lot of local partners and we were financially invested. All riders counted on this date, nevertheless we understand that the situation has changed over the last months with the postponement of the Olympic Games. We have made a proposal to the FEI about potentially hosting the Championships in 2023 and we look forward to hearing about that.”
Discussions around other FEI Championships, including the Europeans in 2023, will be held during next month’s FEI Board videoconference meeting, which is set for 23-25 June.